Captains Profile: Robert Enck '19, Dev Chhokra '19, and Danny Irvine '19

This winter, Robert Enck ’19, Devankar Chhokra ’19, and Daniel Irvine ’19 are co-captains of the Boys Varsity Indoor Track and Field team. Enck runs the 400 meter (m), 800m, mile, and 3200m. Chhokra runs the 1600m and 3200m. Irvine does shot put.

This winter, Robert Enck ’19, Devankar Chhokra ’19, and Daniel Irvine ’19 are co-captains of the Boys Varsity Indoor Track and Field team. Enck runs the 400 meter (m), 800m, mile, and 3200m. Chhokra runs the 1600m and 3200m. Irvine does shot put.

Enck started track early in middle school. He was looking for a sport to do, so his father, a former cross country skier, pushed him to start cross country running, another long-distance sport. When he started high school, he began track and field too.

Chhokra first tried out long-distance running in seventh grade. He said, “I quickly realized how much I loved challenging myself both in terms of speed and stamina.” For Chhokra, even in competition against other runners, running allows him to go up against himself and work to improve.

Irvine began track and field in his IV Form year. Suffering from migraines, he was forced to quit his main sport, crew. He decided to try out for shot put upon suggestion by his former teacher and Track and Field Program Director Erik Chaput.

All three captains have learned from the sport. Early on, Enck would sometimes skip workouts; but after noticing drops in his performance, he realized that “you get what you put in.” Although track is often an individual sport, Chhokra learned that team dynamic is just as important—“I try to treat my training group like my brothers.” And for Irvine, track has helped develop his resilience, saying, “You make a lot more mistakes than you would expect. But it’s more important to learn from those mistakes and come back stronger.”

Overall, the captains agree that teammates are the most important aspect of track at Lawrenceville. Irvine described the track team as a “nice microcosm” of the entire school which included various members from every grade. According to Enck, team spirit is what “helps [them] train as hard as [they] can.” Chhokra values “having a group of guys to rely on” because they all face the same hardships at school. He takes the most pride in being part of Lawrenceville track because “the whole team supports each other,” which is “more important to [him] than any times or records.”

Personally, Irvine strove to be a “selfless captain”— as an underformer, he greatly appreciated having someone to look up to who “care[d] about how [he was] performing on and off the track.”

This season, the track team not only has had many returning veterans but also a lot of young talent. “We’re a very well rounded team with depth and versatility so this could be one of the best years of track.” Enck said.

The team seeks to defend its state and Mid-Atlantic Prep League titles while contending for the county championships. According to Irvine, Lawrenceville athletes are talented in that they are able to “transfer their intelligence in the classroom to a dedication in sports.” Moving forward, Chhokra hopes that the team “continues to train as one program and improve together.”